As an aside, I actually get junk mail addressed to "Richard Smith" from junk mail advertisers who have bought info from the fake yellow page telescammers. It really helps me sort out the junk mail faster. Bonus!
get a real job
I have a couple of ways to deal with these parasites. First, I let the phone ring three full times before I pick up. I pick up and don't say anything for 2-3 seconds. If it is a computer autodialer, 80-90% of the time the computer will hang up thinking it has gotten a voice mail or answering machine. After 2-3 seconds, I say our company name, but don't give out my name. That way they don't automatically have a name if they call back and get someone else. If I still get a person and they insist, I tell them my name is "Richard Smith"(it's not). It is none of their business what my real name is, they are telescammers who are breaking the law. If they persist in calling over and over again, I tell them that my boss is available, and then I use a sports air horn right next to the phone. What are they going to do, sue me? "Your Honor, I was illegally telescamming and they deafened me!" Good luck with THAT argument. The judge might give me a medal. Reporting these "people"(I use that term loosely) to the Do Not Call Registry is futile, they are usually spoofing their phone number anyway. If you have the time, have some fun with them. See how long they will stay on hold or still be on the line if you put the phone down. Take your cordless into the bathroom and have an extended "deposit" at the Porcelain Bank, complete with very loud fake sound effects. Tell them you ARE the boss and listen to their sales pitch, never saying yes to anything, but always saying that you will look at your numbers and see what you can do. Some scammers will record any affirmative answer you give and then splice it into a call and bill you for whatever they are selling, using that as evidence of an order. Waste as much of their time as you can, because that keeps them from scamming other people, and it can be a really fun stress reliever! Anything that we can do to make this less profitable for these ticks on the butt of humanity is a plus. Feel free to pass this on or add to it with your fun ways of taking back your phone lines. If these idiots would get a real job, the world would be a better place for all of us.
My phone caller ID announced it as a call from "local web."
Another call I didn't answer. If it is Google and/or Yahoo, they're getting pesky. Anybody else annoyed the the Do Not Call list is so totally ineffectual?
How is this.
Why do these people call and say nothing? How stupid is that?
Received a call and was transferred three times claiming they were Google+ and wanted to help me claim my business listing. A complete telemarketing scam and hung up when i asked a basic question.
They called on a Sunday eve, No one at the other end...Grrr! If I had a rocket launcher !!!
Same thing; claimed to be service provider for Google; Yahoo; & Ning.
Called on a Sunday night at 8:30 PM. Pre-recorded message on how to get on front page of search engines.
Another Sunday night call at 8:30pm. I googled and saw these entries so I picked up the phone and dropped it back down.
Got a call from this line at work at 8:30pm Pacific Time (was staying late at work). Caller didn't say anything and hung up after about 10sec. Must have been very late where they were calling from, since the area code is apperantly from Maine. Mine was on a Wednesday night though (11/02/11).
The dude called and was breathing heavy on the other end so I put on some Nashville P**sy on the headphones and put the phone between the speakers. He listened for about 2 minutes and hung up.
Brad called me as well on the same night - though it was 8:30 pm.
Called my cell phone at 11:35 PM. Didn't recognize the # so I didn't answer, but they left a voice mail about the "exciting offer" of "front page positions on Google and Yahoo"... complete B.S...
BTW, the slimeball's name was Brad.
Didn't answer when I picked up; called back and got hit 1 if you want to be on our do not call list--punched 1 immediately..
Also got a telemarketing call on a late Sunday evening. They say they have an "exciting offer" from Google, Yahoo, et alia. The funny part (or not so funny part) is that I work as a programmer and I know this is all B.S. - And I've got news for you; It doesn't do any good to report them to the do not call registry, because that doesn't faze them at all. The next time you hear politicians claim they want the government off our backs, how about if the Feds shut these pesky telemarketing bozos down first?
This company called City Hall at 8-something pm on a Sunday night, apparently expecting someone to answer. They have a "really great deal" for us. Uh-huh. /delete
Got a call at 8:50 10-30-11 No message
***October-30-2011, got a call from these guys, sunday nite, 8:30p in Wisconsin (Central Time), didn't say anything, just silence ***207-571-8668
October-31-2011, got a call from these guys, sunday nite, 8:30p in Wisconsin (Central Time), didn't say anything, just silence 207-571-866
Me too, got a call from these guys, sunday nite, 8:30p in california ... didn't say anything ... just silence for 38 seconds ... next time -the whistle. ph #207-571-8668
called at 8:32 pm PST nobody at the other end
Rec'd a call at 8:30PM Local (Mountain) time - offered web services.
Got a call from this number on a Sunday night at 8 PM. Jerk-wad attempting to sell some type of internet advertising- he sounded like his IQ would have trouble approaching room temperature in a cool climate.
These butt munches called again with no-one on the other end of the line.
I traced the number to:
FAIRPOINT COMMUNICATIONS SOLUTIONS CORP.
I just got a call from these clowns too. 8:45 on a Sunday night. No-one even bothered to utter a word. Good thing I have unlimited free long distance. I will spend every spare moment burning up their phone line.
Just got a call from this number, no one on the other end or I didn't wait long enough to get sold something. Can't believe they do sales calls at 8:30 pm on a sunday night. Insane.